Posted 5/24/19


Melvin Grady Womble, age 82, of Siler City died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Siler City Care & Rehabilitation.

Mr. Womble was born in Chatham County on September 12, 1936, …

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Melvin Grady Womble, age 82, of Siler City died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Siler City Care & Rehabilitation.

Mr. Womble was born in Chatham County on September 12, 1936, to the late James A. and Nannie Hart Womble. He served in the United States Army with a stint in Germany. He retired from the water plant of Siler City after 20 years of service, he was also a licensed insurance agent. Mr. Womble was a member of Rives Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his parents Mr. Womble was preceded in death by his brother, Bryant Womble.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cora Lee Cave Womble; daughters, Theresa W. Joyner and husband Jimmy and Melva W. Cleary and husband Sean; and brother, Earl Womble and wife Louise; sister-in-law, Rachel Womble; grandchildren, Jimmy Joyner III and Logan Joyner; his precious companion, Blackie; and many nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Smith and Buckner Chapel with Rev. Tripp Foltz officiating. Burial will follow in Rives Chapel Church Cemetery with military honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Rives Chapel Church Cemetery Fund,

Online condolences may be made at:


Joan Marie Nance Harris, 71, of Siler City died Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Mrs. Harris was born February 24, 1948 in Randolph County, the daughter of Milton Dale and Delphie Esther Bowman Nance.

She had attended Penland School of Art and Sandhill Community College. She was employed by Chatham County School System as a Teacher’s Aid. Mrs. Harris was an active artist, a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Rachel Allred Sunday School Class. Joan was a cake decorator and caterer for more than 20 years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her brother Milton Nance, Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jimmy Harris; daughter, Amy Black and husband Steven of Siler City; son, Tim Harris and wife Taylor of Bear Creek; sisters Jean Weil and husband John of Lanesville, IN and Jan Nance of Leland, NC; granddaughte, Katie Black of Siler City; grandsons, Aaron Black, Bowman and Brooks Harris, all of Siler City.

There will be a private memorial at a later date.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences maybe made at:


Mary Guthrie Smith, 80, of Siler City went home to be with our Lord and Savior on May 16, 2019 at the Hospice Home in Burlington.

A native of Alamance County, Mary was born November 16,1938 to Herbert Taft Guthrie and Allene (Thompson) Guthrie, both deceased. On December 20, 1969 she married Robert D. Smith and enjoyed thirty-three years together before his passing. Mary was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Dodson of Haw River and her twin, Martha McVey of Snow Camp.

She is survived by her three daughters, Debbie Stuart Ingle of Siler City, Wanda Stuart of Durham, and Michelle Smith and husband David of Snow Camp; four sisters, Peggy Rich of Burlington, Claudette Stout of Graham, Lillie Holt and husband Willie of Snow Camp, and Nina Greeson and husband Scott of Haw River; two grandsons, Wes Ingle and wife Ashley of Greensboro and Josh Ingle and wife Danielle of Siler City; three great-granddaughters, Sydney, Ella Paige, and Sawyer.

Mary was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church and enjoyed baking pies and cakes for events and fundraisers.  She was always quick to help out any family or church member or friend in need. Mary’s help often included visiting and bringing some of her good country cooking, like fried okra, pinto beans and country style steak. She was a hard worker all of her life whether at her job or at home. She took pride in keeping her yard in perfect condition. She retired from Acme-McCrary and then worked part time as a “Dumpster Deputy” at the Chatham County Recycling Center. She loved fishing and eating her catches, whether brim from the pond or spots from the sea. In her younger years, you could find Mary at the local dance hall listening to Elvis or maybe square dancing. Mary took pleasure in her computer by playing cards with her sisters, working on badges on Wednesdays, and liking all the pictures of family and friends on social media. Mary enjoyed her camper at Holden Beach and going out on the boats to play the slots. Most of all, Mary loved her family. She cherished cooking for them, especially Sunday lunches and on all the holidays. Her joy the past two years was babysitting her great-granddaughter, Sawyer.

The memorial service was held at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 3631 Mt. Vernon Hickory Mountain Road, Siler City on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m., Rev. Jason Dickerson presiding. The family received friends before the service at 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall and at other times at the family home. A private burial was held at the church cemetery after the memorial service.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon UMC Memorial Fund, C/O Teresa Piezzo, 61 Royal Pines Court, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

The family would like to thank everyone that called, visited, sent cards, sat with Mary or brought food during her illness. A special thank you is extended to the staff of the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell.

You may sign the online register book at:


Linda Davis Culberson, age 76 of Siler City passed away peacefully with her family by her side at UNC Hospital on May 15, 2019.

She was born January 23, 1943, the daughter of Arthur Lee Davis and Edna Cheek Davis.

She was a native of Chatham county and retired from Glendale Hosiery Mill. She was the oldest of nine children. Linda adored her family, and watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandson grow up. She loved her front porch, Baseball, Duke basketball and Elvis Presley. She also enjoyed cooking and traveling. She loved hard and was well loved in return. We will miss her everyday until we see her again...Live, Laugh, Love.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Gina Culberson Warner, a brother Arthur Davis, Jr. and and grandson Jesse Warner.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Edwin Grey Culberson of the home; children, Barry Culberson and wife Charlie of Bennett and Pamela Culberson and Chris Carter of Siler City; grandchildren Dustin Atkins and wife Kaela, Lexie Culberson and fiancé Alec Allred and Cade Culberson; a great grandson Darren Atkins; siblings, Steve Davis (Judy), Sharon Strong (Wesley), Debra Branson (Danny), Jean Maupin (Tony), Sheila Cheek (Joey), Donna Davis, Jeff Davis (Janet) and many nieces and nephews; sister in-laws, Wanda Welch (Mike), Cynthia Davis; and Linda’s canine companion, Odie.

There was a private celebration of life on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Rocky River Baptist Church with her immediate family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to Rocky River Baptist Church at 4436 Siler City-Snow Camp Road., Siler City NC 27344 or at:

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and aides in the SICU at UNC Hospital for the love and care they showed our precious Linda (Nana).


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